Omri Reis
Nov 24, 2016

Fintech seeks to curb Japan’s deadly corporate culture

The country's problem with overtime is well entrenched, but perhaps technology can create incentives to help restore work-life balance.

Omri Reis

Last month’s harsh governmental report on karoshi death from overwork is still at the center of Japanese media attention. The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare’s document reads almost like fiction in almost a quarter of Japanese companies, workers clock more than 80 hours of overtime monthly, while about 12 per cent of employees confessed to an average of over 100 hours. Close to a third of these companies are media and technology companiessome of the...

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